Webinar: Project Speed - The next steps, one year on

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In June 2020, Boris Johnson announced a new infrastructure delivery taskforce, named “Project Speed” with the aim of ensuring that the UK’s vital infrastructure including schools, hospitals, transport and other networks will be delivered better, greener and faster in the future. 

A year on, how has "Project Speed" evolved? Following on from our initial event on Project Speed in March, join us to hear from this panel, including speakers from HM Treasury, the Department for Transport and Kier Group. 

  • Learn what the challenges and opportunities have been over the past year, and how COVID-19 has impacted planned reforms
  • Hear how changes so far have impacted the infrastructure sector
  • Discover what the next steps are in progressing Project Speed
  • Kavalneer Walia

    Deputy Director, Project Speed

    HM Treasury
  • Joe Incutti

    Managing Director, Kier Highways

    Kier Group

    Kier is a market leading infrastructure, buildings, development and housing Group with annual revenues in excess of £4 billion employing some 12,000 people in the UK and Middle East.

    A member of the Kier Group Executive Committee, Joe is the Group Managing Director for Kier's market leading Highways business which employs 3,000 people operating across over 70 sites across the country. The business has responsibility for some 30,000 km of England’s strategic and local road networks, enabling billions of vehicle miles to be travelled each year. Kier Highways also designs and builds new highway infrastructure, and undertakes asset improvements and renewals, across the country. Over his many years of experience in the business, Joe has overseen its growth from an annual turnover of £70m to over £900m.

    Joe is focused on building long-term collaborative business relationships with clients and the supply chain, and is actively engaged across the highways sector with clients, government, peers and industry bodies.

    Joe is a Chartered Management Accountant with extensive post qualification experience in roles that have spanned operational and corporate finance, change management, process re-engineering and business improvement. This experience has been gained in several sectors including; automotive, rail, defence, banking, construction and infrastructure services, primarily in blue chip organisations.

  • Caroline Botwood

    Chief Portfolio Officer

    Department for Transport

    Caroline Botwood is the Chief Portfolio Officer and Head of the Project Delivery Profession at the Department for Transport. She took the role up in June 2020 and was previously the DfT’s Director for Phase 1 (London to Birmingham) of the High Speed 2 project, taking it from submission of hybrid Bill through to start of construction. Caroline joined the civil service from a career in corporate and project finance.



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